Help moving SABnzbd download folder(s) (permissions)

Hi all and thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I’ll try to keep it brief because I imagine the solution here is fairly simple for the experience, but I’m a total Raspberry Pi and Linux (but not computer) noob. I’ve also read the two other threads on the forum regarding similar issues, but neither of their solutions worked in my case.

The scenario is that I’m simply wanting to reassign the temporary and complete download folders SABnzbd uses from ones that were created by the DietPi installer on my Pi’s SD card to the faster USB 3.1 flash drive I have mounted. I was able to mkdir the downloads folder on the external drive along with the necessary incomplete and complete folders within it. However, now when I benchmark SABNzbd using its test files, I get warnings starting with the following: Cannot change permissions of /mnt/64A5-F009/downloads/complete/

Like I said, I’ve followed instructions I’ve found here for checking the group, cmod, chown, etc. to no avail. Perhaps I’m not doing it properly, or am doing the wrong thing(s), but I’d definitely appreciate any guidance from someone more knowledgable than myself so I can resolve this issue. Thanks so much!

can you share following

lsblk -o name,fstype,label,size,ro,type,mountpoint,partuuid,uuid
ls -la /mnt/64A5-F009/downloads/

Hi Joulinar, thanks for the help. Definitely. Here’s the output of those commands:

NAME        FSTYPE LABEL         SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT     PARTUUID                             UUID
sda                              239G  0 disk                                                     
└─sda1      exfat  Samsung USB   239G  0 part /mnt/64A5-F009                                      64A5-F009
mmcblk0                        119.4G  0 disk                                                     
├─mmcblk0p1 vfat                 128M  0 part /boot          78e3b7f9-01                          95E0-4450
└─mmcblk0p2 ext4               119.2G  0 part /              78e3b7f9-02                          51df48f2-ca0a-424f-8238-39473318a733

total 512
drwxrwxr-x  4 root dietpi 131072 Jan 11 03:02 .
drwxrwxr-x 19 root dietpi 131072 Jan 11 03:27 ..
drwxrwxr-x  2 root dietpi 131072 Jan 11 08:17 complete
-rwxrwxr-x  1 root dietpi      0 Jan 11 02:58 demo.file
drwxrwxr-x  2 root dietpi 131072 Jan 11 08:17 incomplete

Your disk is formatted as exFAT file system. exFAT, as an extension of FAT, is not capable of storing discretionary access control metadata. Means it did not support Unix file system permissions. Therefore SABnzbd is not able to change permissions.

Got it. That was something that stood out to me, so it’s good to get your confirmation that it’s the root (no pun intended) issue. Appreciate it!

I’ll move the files on the drive to another and then format it appropriately.

let us know how it goes and if it will solve your issue.